Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Mother Nature’s Foreclosure

This house was built to the tune of big bucks, I mean BIG bucks. It was built on the beach and this past couple of weeks Mother Nature decided she wants the land back. See all the white, yellow and grey things stacked by the water? Those are sand bags the owner has used to try to repel Mother Nature’s eviction notice. Yes, some of the bags are plastic and they’re tearing apart and washing into the ocean where they may be fatally ingested by sea turtles and other creatures.

The recent large ocean swells are taking the beach and the home’s foundation away from the owner. In my opinion, Mother Nature was there first and the land is hers for the taking.

No, I didn’t forget what today is or what it was six years ago, I just felt it would be sufficiently covered elsewhere.


Blogger Distributorcap said...

like butter, homes should know
you cant fool mother nature

September 11, 2007 2:01 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Sandbagging is such an odd human behavior. Some 10 pound sandbags to hold back the OCEAN? Duh.

September 11, 2007 2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exclusivity has it's price. Sometimes when it's combined with arrogance and stupidity, price can be very, very high.

From the bottom of my heart, PoP, thanks for not posting the obvious. You truly rock!

September 11, 2007 3:06 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

What a brilliant post and absolutely what I did want to read about today. As for the other, I published my words last week and that is that.

sue woo makes a point- sandbags against the ocean. What a metaphor.

Human beings, so tiny, against the forces of nature. Silly, sad humans. We think we can own the sea and sand. There's a joke.

September 11, 2007 4:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once mother nature starts her evictions from hillside cliffs, beaches, volcanic areas and other beautiful untouched places. She does so for a reason, they were never suppose to be utilized for building lots.

Thankfully she warns them to get out safely first.

September 11, 2007 5:13 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

Nice change of pace from the lies of war.

How often does Mother Nature issue a foreclosure notice and we aren't aware whats happening.

September 11, 2007 5:48 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

I have watched this happen so many times. People invest big money in a house on the beach ignoring the fact that Mother Nature moves beaches around all the time.
Somebody should have never issued a building permit for this one.

September 11, 2007 5:58 AM  
Blogger Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

What's even worse is that in many parts of the country, people whose homes fall into the ocean because they stupidly build at its edge get federal funds to help them rebuild!

September 11, 2007 6:23 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Katharine's right -- that's the worst thing, giving them more money to rebuild. Then you get the ridiculous news reports about how "brave" these people are to try to rebuild, blah blah blah.

Take a hint from old Mother Nature, folks. Some places are just meant to stay untouched. So hands off!

September 11, 2007 6:57 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Excellent observation. My wife is from S. California, where mansions are built on the edges of cliffs, then they fall in mudslides.

Humanities blatant disregard for Mother Nature will be Humanities downfall, not Ma Nature! She really was here first!:)

September 11, 2007 7:02 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

We like to say in times like this: Nature Wins.

September 11, 2007 7:32 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I have to wonder if the people who had that a house built so close to the ocean kind of went on the cheap with the architect and contractors. No one told him that this would be a bad idea?

Another thing...PEKKA! Where have you been??? I haven't seen you around my blog and wondered if I did or said something that upset you. Hope to see you around again...I miss you!

September 11, 2007 8:26 AM  
Blogger Octavian said...

Well, the idea behind Informationalism is that through knowledge we can become the master of nature.

However, I agree this must be done with responsibility and humility. That house is a reminder of what happens when we lack those two things.

September 11, 2007 8:43 AM  
Blogger SouthLoopScot said...

I would like to see mother nature send an eviction notice to those skin jobs Bush and Cheney!

September 11, 2007 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another good reason to rent at the beach.

September 11, 2007 10:36 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Shame though just the same...while I wouldn't have done that...I have always wanted to be near the ocean...just not on it or in it in their fashion. With global warming a person would be foolish to build like that. Now they are paying the price.

September 11, 2007 11:06 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

How could ANYONE forget that it is Mickey Hart's (Grateful Dead drummer) birthday today.


September 11, 2007 11:31 AM  
Blogger Ahenobarbus said...

Are you kidding...this is a perfect analogy for today.

September 11, 2007 12:48 PM  
Blogger FreakyNick said...

YAY! Mother Nature wins again.

September 11, 2007 1:40 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

I am glad they spent the money to learn a lesson and give some other smuck a job! I have no compassion for stupidity!

September 11, 2007 3:39 PM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...


September 11, 2007 3:53 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

And they're probably wondering "why" this happened... to THEM.

Okay, this is really awful of me, but I can't help remembering seeing a TV interview of a woman who had just lost her home to massive flooding some years back. She was crying and couldn't understand "why" this had happened to HER: "We just redecorated!" Sorry. I know she was in pain, but it was just so damned funny. If you live in a flood plain, or ON the ocean, shit like this is going to happen. There is no deep, metaphysical "why" about it. It was just the obvious that happened. That's all.

PoP, thanks very much for visiting mah blog today. Please come back often!

September 11, 2007 6:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Patricia: Thanks much for stopping by my site! I'll have a look around here too. :-)

September 11, 2007 9:13 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

Mother nature always wins, but us humans are speeding up the process.

September 11, 2007 9:30 PM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

how depressing... there's no hope there really... WHY do people build so very close to the water? I would be scared... well, of that very thing happening...

on the East Coast of England the North Sea is eroding into the land VERY QUICKLY I mean at the rate of 50 ft a year or something like that. Houses built 200 yards from clifftops are now almost falling off (and many have)...

surely if you're spending house sized amounts of money you'd use a house-sized amount of common sense as well ..?

September 13, 2007 11:52 AM  
Blogger Oceanshaman said...

Sand bars move . . . beaches fluctuate . . . build on them at your peril . . . but camp on them to your heart's content . . .

September 15, 2007 11:27 AM  
Blogger BadTux said...

In coastal Louisiana, most beachfront homes were simple shacks perched on top of piers driven into the ground. (I say "were" because they were all washed away by Rita and Katrina). It was well understood that these were but temporary dwellings that would be washed away by the next major hurricane to hit the coast, and thus building something elaborate there simply would make no sense.

Alas, there are folks with more money than sense. Thus your McMansion on the verge of being washed away...

-- Badtux the Well-housed Penguin

September 17, 2007 2:23 PM  

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